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Cultura, e opulencia do Brasil por suas drogas, e minas, : com varias noticias curiosas do modo de fazer o assucar; plantar, & beneficiar o tabaco; tirar ouro das minas; & descubrir as da prata; e dos grandes emolumentos, que esta conquista da America Meridional dá ao Reyno de Portugal com estes, & outros generos, & contratos reaes.

Published 1711

[16], 205, [3] p., ill. ; 20 cm. (4to in 8s)
André João Antonil is the pseudonym of João Antonio Andreoni, an Italian Jesuit priest born in Tuscany, who was attracted to Brazil in 1681 by Father Antonio Vieira

This first and rare edition of Antonil's book was seized and destroyed by the Portuguese government for the information it revealed about Brazil's lucrative sugar industry and gold mines. To publish news about the riches of that colony would arouse envy and lead to aggression by other nations. It's an important book on eighteenth century Brazil's economic and social history

Title vignette

Signed on p. [11], 1st count: O Anonymo Toscano

Signatures: * A-N (*1, *2, *8, G5, H8, M3, N7 versos blank; N8 blank) (C2 missigned C3)

JCB Rare Americana

Moraes, R.B. de. Bib. Brasiliana (1983 ed.)

Sacramento Blake. Dic. bib. brazileiro

Rodrigues, J.C. Bib. Brasiliense


Alden, J.E. European Americana

Silva, I.F. da. Dic. bib. portuguez

Leite, S. Hist. da Companhia de Jesus no Brasil


John Carter Brown Library copy has an early manuscript note on half title about the rarity of the book: Libro divenuto rariss°. a ragione che il Rè D. Giovanni V mandò raccogliere tutti gli Esemplari, che fù possible per timore di dar gusto ai Straniere dell' opulencia del Brasile

Publisher Lisboa : Na Officina Real Deslandesiana
Year 1711
Pages 234
Language Portuguese
Call number b3902824
Digitizing sponsor John Carter Brown Library
Book contributor John Carter Brown Library
Collection jcbportugalbrazil; JohnCarterBrownLibrary; americana

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